- First Name
- Last Name
- United States
- MO Missouri
- Loyola University Chicago
- Website URL
- slavery, enslaved peoples, race, abolition, memory, public history, digital humanities
- Media Contact
- Additional Contact Information
- Please send media inquiries to SHMR@jesuits.org.
- other credentials
- About Me
Kelly Schmidt is a doctoral candidate in United States and Public History at Loyola University Chicago, where she studies eighteenth and nineteenth century American history, particularly in the area of race, slavery, and abolition. She also serves as Research Coordinator for the Slavery, History, Memory, and Reconciliation Project, an initiative of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. In this role, Kelly works to to learn the identities and lived experience of the enslaved people who belonged to the Jesuits. She also coordinates the project’s genealogical research to connect living descendants of the enslaved to their ancestors.
Kelly earned her undergraduate degree at Xavier University, where she was an Honors Bachelor of Arts (Latin, Greek, and Philosophy) and History major with minors in Gender and Diversity Studies, Peace Studies, and Philosophy. She has worked as a public historian in several capacities, including at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.
- Recent Publications
“Enslaved Faith Communities in the Jesuits’ Missouri Mission,” article published in the Church and Slavery issue of the U.S. Catholic Historian, May 2019.
“The Digital Tavern: Conceptualizing Parallels between Textual Networks in the Age of Revolutions and the Digital Humanities Today,” published on The Panorama: Expansive Views from the Journal of the Early Republic in conjunction with The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History as part of a joint series on “Digital Research, Digital Age: Blogging New Approaches to Early
American Studies,” April 10, 2019.
“Digital Paxton: Collaborative Construction with Eighteenth Century Manuscripts,” published in The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, January 7, 2019.
“Mourning Clothes,” entry published in The World of Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, September 2018.
- Media Coverage
- Chrysler Village History Project Moving Forward; Seeking Memories
- Country Focus
- United States History
- Expertise by Geography
- Atlantic, North America, United States
- Expertise by Chronology
- 18th century, 19th century, 20th century
- Expertise by Topic
- American Civil War, American Revolution, American Founding Era, Colonialism, Emancipation, Family, Higher Ed, Indigenous Peoples, Labor, Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Slavery, Women